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For years I have harboured the dream that messages for North were being sent directly to me through the words of Dave Carter.

Having new music by him is more than I ever would have hoped for. Finding there was another message moment was beyond that. I know some of you will know.

lyrics to Amazon by Dave Carter )
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Received an email from waterbug music that made my day:

Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer - "Little Blue Egg." On Red House Records

Tracy Grammer discovered the tracks for Little Blue Egg during an archiving project in the summer of 2010, a full eight years after Carter's death. Rescuing the original ADAT tapes from a moldy basement where they were stored, she discovered the tapes in pristine condition. As she digitized the tapes in real-time, Tracy pored over old studio notes about the recordings. "Tears flowed, I laughed out loud, memories flooded back," Grammer remembers. "It felt like a miracle to hear Dave's voice -- and our voices, together -- singing old songs that sounded new again, along with others I had forgotten about entirely." With several of these tracks made as rough demos, Dave Carter sings "like nobody's watchin'," his most emotionally unfettered recorded work. Dave and Tracy. Something good.

sound samples, orders at waterbug and at amazon


Jan. 22nd, 2012 07:34 pm
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The Rufus Wainwright version of Hallelujah just came up in the random mix we have on. It stopped us both from what we were doing, and when it was over, we turned to each other and, at the same time said, "Nice version - but nothing beats the original." So, we had to have that, and then I had to have the Tim Minchin version, and then the John Cale.

And of course, then I had to have the Austin Lounge Lizards Leonard Cohen's Day Job.

Now I think I need First We Take Manhattan.....
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Go see all the pictures here

Johnny Cash

Oct. 2nd, 2011 03:24 am
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Today we have two endearing pieces from the hand of Johnny Cash, a man who needs no introduction and who sadly passed away on this day in 2003. {september 12} The first is a poetic, undated love note to his wife, June; the second, a to-do list.

The article is here, and the TO DO list is hysterical
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This is a Google Doodle tribute to Freddie Mercury for what would have been his 65th birthday on Monday.
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Late last night I heard from John (who headed the concert group I used to work with) that Bill Morrissey has passed away. Stunned.

I love Bill's music - I have always been struck by the way he took a simple phrase and suddenly made it mean so much more inside my head. My personal favorites are on the album Inside -- Everybody Warned Me and Long Gone.


Jun. 6th, 2011 09:12 pm
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Over on [ profile] _dangerpants_, [ profile] cocoajava posted a you tube link to a band called Tartanic performing an activity known as *the scottish car wash.*

I must share...

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Tim Minchin on Craig Ferguson! That was a nice surprise!


Apr. 24th, 2011 10:05 pm
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One rainy night in Princeton, Jim and I heard Dave Van Ronk sing Green Green Rocky Road

When he got to the chorus he sang it, then stopped and recited it to us as dramatically as possible.

"They just don't write lyrics like that anymore." he told us, sadly.
The moment has always stayed with me.

Ooka dooka soda cracker,
Does your mama chew tobacco,
Cause if your mama chews tobacco,
Sing ooka dooka soda cracker

Green, green rocky road,
(Promendade in green,)
Tell me who you love,
Tell me who you love.
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OK, I admit I am easily moved to tears, but honestly....

NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman & Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Perform First Space-Earth Duet. NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman, circling Earth aboard the International Space Station, and musician Ian Anderson, founder of the rock band Jethro Tull, joined together for the first space-Earth duet.


Apr. 14th, 2011 04:02 am
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Dave Carter, writer and illuminated being, once told me “Music and Love are the only two kinds of magic most people are not afraid to admit they believe in.” And in one of his writing classes, he offered "The only way to write rhyming poetry today and be taken seriously is to be a singer-songwriter."

Alas, I want to write poetry, but I do not have in me the music component. So, tonight I will share one of Dave's. And perhaps tomorrow, since I have been reading and combining old folders, I will share one one of mine...

Tanglewood Tree
©2000, Dave Carter/
Dave Carter Music (BMI)

love is a tanglewood tree in a bower of green
in a forest at dawn
fair while the mockingbird sings, but she soon lifts her wings
and the music is gone
young lovers in the tall grass with their hearts open wide
when the red summer poppies bloom
but love is a trackless domain and the rumor of rain in the late afternoon

love is an old root that creeps through the meadows of sleep
when the long shadows cast
thin as a vagrant young vine, it encircles and twines
and it holds the heart fast
catches dreamers in the wildwood with the stars in their eyes
and the moon in their tousled hair
but love is a light in the sky, and an unspoken lie
and a half-whispered prayer

i'm walkin' down a bone-dry river but the cool mirage runs true
i'm bankin' on the fables of the far, far better things we do
i'm livin' for the day of reck'nin countin' down the hours
i yearn away, i burn away, i turn away the fairest flower of love, 'cause darlin . . .

love is a garden of thorns, and a crow in the corn
and the brake growing wild
cold when the summer is spent in the jade heart's lament
for the faith of a child
my body has a number and my face has a name
and each day looks the same to me
but love is a voice on the wind, and the wages of sin
and a tanglewood tree

love's garden of thorns, how it grows
black crow in the corn hummin' low
brake nettle so pretty and wild
and thistles surround the edge of the
dim dark hour as the sun moves away
lamenting a lost summer day
who nurtures the faith of a child
when nothing remains to cover her eyes?

my body has a number, maybe my face has a name
each hour like each hour before
this longing is a voice on the wind
she cultivates the wages of sin
in a tanglewood tree
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a music meme: comment and I'll give you a letter;
tell me five favourite songs that start with it.

[ profile] stultiloquentia gave me N (for North)

N turned out to be a much harder letter than I expected. A lot of the people I had been considering turned out not th have any N songs. But, that brought up a bunch of favorites I hadn't thought about in awhile.

music inside )
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A find by [ profile] strangetwn_god reposted for the amusement of my husband ([ profile] notarysojac
(but I thought some of you might be amused as well):
A japanese orchestra of theremins in Russian nesting dolls playing Caravan

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Starbucks launched their campaign against AIDS in Africa by putting together singers from 156 countries in one video performing The Beatles’ song All You Need is Love. The Video is awesome.


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